Earlier this week a new MIDI sequencing app for iPad developed by AMS Software was released in the App Store. midiSequencer is an analog-style sequencer similar to Little MIDI Machine. While the design might not be the most eye-catching, this MIDI sequencing app seems very instant and has a few cool features (like configuring extreme clock speeds) not found in other MIDI apps.

Here’s the full description:

The midiSequencer iPad app is a 16 step sequencer with analog style sliders and a very special button called Cycle for delaying changes. Equipped with step or note duration timing and special effects (e.g. ratcheting ornamentation).

The design of midiSequencer was focused on being able to make changes for any of the 16 steps during play, for example it is possible to link all controls to move them as a group, or use increment/decrement buttons for small changes.

Flexible routing allows network sessions and midi devices to be sources of midi input to the sequencer. Additionally, the sequencer can be setup as a virtual source or destination to allow dedicated midi messaging externally to & from other apps.

With extremely high & low playback clock speeds (1 to 1020 BPM) it can accomplish special effects on your external midi equipment not even available on hardware sequencers. As a SLAVE, it can utilise incoming midi clock to synchronise your DAW or hardware synthesiser.

With the ability for each step to decide which step follows, this sequencer is capable of playing sub-sequences outside of the normal forward/reverse patterns.

Up to two midi controllers can be setup for the sequencer and each step can provide a value for the controller. All 127 controller values are possible, but most useful for the mod wheel & aftertouch controls. The effectiveness of this depends upon the receiving midi equipment, but it is not constrained.

Recording midi data as steps is also possible and can record midi note, velocity, channel, and up to two controller values. Recording for each of these parameters can be disabled in the Options. Additionally, you can select to record from only one midi channel, allowing you to use one midi source (e.g. a keyboard) to record from.

Snapshots allows the current settings (with or without the transport controls) to be stored in up to 20 locations. The can be loaded or saved even when the sequencer is playing. In Cycle mode, this loading will occur at the cycle reset, allowing for creative changes during play.

Stuck for a sequence idea? Let Random setup a completely new set of controls for you to experiment with!

Notes a little plain? Add note ornamentations : mordents, appoggiatura, triplet or even a ratcheting style triple or quad repeat.

1) iOS 6 or greater only, so iPad 1 not currently supported.
2) This app makes no sound (although it can send/receive midi to coreMidi apps you have installed on your iPad).
3) To communicate with external midi equipment you will need a suitable iPad midi interface unless you use the Midi Network sessions over wifi.

The developer posted the manual for midiSequencer here

Original news via Palm Sounds

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